If I am pregnant, is it safe to take Prinivil?

If you're pregnant, you should not take Prinivil (lisinopril). This drug is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor that's prescribed to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure and to increase the odds of survival after heart attack. It may increase the risk for birth defects in a developing fetus if taken during the first trimester, though some studies suggest the risks may be due to high blood pressure and not the medicine. However, during the second or third trimester, Prinivil may cause serious harm by reducing kidney function in a developing fetus and putting it at risk of death.

A greater risk posed by Prinivil is a reduction in amniotic fluid, which can lead to birth defects, miscarriage or stillbirth. Unless taking Prinivil will save the mother's life, it is best to avoid this medication during pregnancy.

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